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Palestinians enjoy their time during sunset at the seaside in Gaza City, on Oct. 9, 2020. (Photo by Rizek Abdeljawad/Xinhua)

BEIJING, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- October 31 marks World Cities Day. The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day to promote the international community's interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has re-shaped urban life around the world. The UN Secretary-General has identified cities and communities as being on the frontline of the COVID-19 response. But the recognition of communities' value should be maintained beyond the virus outbreak.

On the occasion of World Cities Day, let's work collectively to recognize the key role communities have played in fostering sustainable cities, and help spread awareness of communities and cities playing an expanded role in responding to global challenges and shaping a better future for all.

People wearing face masks work at a shopping mall in Farwaniya Governorate, Kuwait, Oct. 17, 2020. (Photo by Asad /Xinhua)

People draw pictures of the autumn scenery at Central Park in New York, the United States, Oct. 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

People wearing face masks walk on a street in Alexandria, Virginia, the United States, on Oct. 16, 2020. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)

Actresses perform for the elderly at a community in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Oct. 23, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Bowen)

People take photos with their pet dogs during an annual flower festival Floriade in Canberra, Australia, Oct. 11, 2020. (Photo by Chu Chen/Xinhua)

Passengers enter a subway station in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, March 18, 2020. (Xinhua/Liang Xu)

Photo taken on Aug. 26, 2020 shows a light show in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Mao Siqian)

Members of the 1st Viennese Community Choir sing for residents at a community in Vienna, Austria, on June 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Guo Chen)

Tourists drink beer during the 28th Qingdao International Beer Festival in Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, July 31, 2018. (Xinhua/Yu Fangping)

The first-year students wearing face masks attend the opening ceremony of the new school year in the Old Donau Primary School in Vienna, Austria, Sept. 7, 2020. (Photo by Georges Schneider/Xinhua)

People are seen at the reopened "Belas Artes" cinema in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Oct. 10, 2020. (Photo by Rahel Patrasso/Xinhua)

Yang Hongxiang takes photos of a main street in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, Sept. 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Mao Siqian)

File photo taken on May 16, 2019 shows a scene of the 15th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Mao Siqian)

People wait at a COVID-19 testing location in the Borough Park neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, the United States, Oct. 4, 2020. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)■

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